Well, There Goes That Idea

I had really high hopes for Darryl Tapp.

When Tapp was hired to Virginia Tech’s staff as the assistant defensive line coach, I envisioned a scenario where Tapp’s long NFL career, storied past in Blacksburg and connection to the Hampton Roads area would bear delicious fruit for the Hokies.

My vision included a larger and more productive defensive front that more closely resembled that of college football’s elite. It included Tapp boosting Virginia Tech’s recruiting efforts, not just along the defensive line but in his home area, one of the biggest population centers in the Commonwealth. Continue reading “Well, There Goes That Idea”

Amare Barno Entering Offseason With Limitless Potential

Even in the worst situations, you can often find silver linings if you look close enough. In regards to Virginia Tech’s 2020 season, Amare Barno was that silver lining.

Barno’s 2020 season was unexpected, to say the least. The former JUCO linebacker was making the switch to defensive end just as the COVID-related shutdowns put college football programs on lockdown. The most critical offseason of Barno’s collegiate career went down the tubes.

But that didn’t matter. Despite the limited practice time, Barno turned in one of the best individual performances of Virginia Tech’s 2020 season. And with Barno returning for the 2021 season, there’s no telling how much can improve. Continue reading “Amare Barno Entering Offseason With Limitless Potential”

Pulling the Plug on the Justin Hamilton Experiment

It was a nice idea, but things just aren’t working out.

When Justin Fuente decided to hand the reins of his defense to up-start defensive assistant Justin Hamilton, there was reason for optimism.

Hamilton, a Hokies legend in his own right, showed signs of developing into a superstar coach. His work with defensive backs, specifically safeties, resulted in on-field improvements. Reggie Floyd became a leader and captain at rover, Divine Deablo was groomed to take his place and Chamarri Conner grew into a high-reward player still learning to play at a consistent level.

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